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Sunset, Bee and Fish’n’chips

Last night’s sunset was spectacular and the colour was caught in the windows across the road from us.  My Dear SIL, with whom I share a love of special words (like petrichor and serendipity) sent me a beautiful new word a few weeks ago and today I can use it to describe that lovely colour caught in the windows – enrosadira.   It is used in the Dolomites where at sunrise and sunset, the rocky cliffs take on hues that vary from light yellow to bright red, to different shades of pink and violet, until the mountains disappear in the dark of night. Enrosadira is a ladin term literally meaning “turning pink” (Ladin is the ancient language of the inhabitants of the Dolomites). We get the same beautiful effect here in Cornwall!

What beautiful colouring on this bee and how glorious he looks as he searches for nectar in the Eryngium flower.

As the New Year started, work began on our local Fish’n’chip shop, just around the corner. Everything stopped during lockdown, building continued recently and today they opened so that was tea sorted! As an English teacher, the sign pleased me with its apostrophe, a little fish, in the right place!

 

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A Bench, A Bouquet and Peace

For years we have wondered about having somewhere to commemorate my Mum and Dad and have thought that a bench near Gwennap Church where Dad found his inspiration for his best seller, “Jeremy Visick” would be just perfect. The stream that runs by is mentioned in the story too and the place really is special to all the family. Today, with the blessing of the Vicar, we met the Church warden to discuss how this can happen and where to site the bench – just to the right of the one that is there already.  So delighted that this project is finally going to happen. I’ll keep you informed as things progress.

A friend sent a message today to say that in her clearing out she has found some single earrings and can I use them in my glass projects? Yes, I can! I’ve left a little bunch of sweet peas on the doorstep in exchange.

The following words seem right in these strange and discombobulating times. I have posted them before, some four years ago.

Peace

 

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Anemones, Narcissi and Judy Blume

My Mum’s favourite flowers and the brass bowl, newly polished, that she always put them in.

The stall where we bought the anemones yesterday also had these Narcissi which have a wonderful scent.

When I was teaching teenagers, Judy Blume’s novels were absolute favourites. She broke all the rules. Her refreshingly honest children’s books were banned by hundreds of libraries and loved by generations of readers, who bought 85 million copies of classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Superfudge. She spoke a lot of sense. and I love her work too. She was born on this day in 1938. Happy birthday to Judy and thanks for all the stories.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in flowers, Photography, Postaday2020

 

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Raindrops, Lampshade and Cathedral

Raindrops on flowers, one of my favourite subjects for photos…..

After having the hall, stairs and landing painted, we would like a new lampshade . I love this one but it is still in the shop.

It has been a misty, mizzly day but the Cathedral in Truro is always beautiful.

 
 

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Autumn Colours, Bottle Tops and Cyclamen

I love how the centre of the yellow daisy is the colour of the bronze Autumn leaf and all given a sheen by the Cornish mizzle.

I passed a whole patch of beautiful woodland cyclamen this afternoon.

On the wall outside the Primary School where my choir practises on Monday evenings was an octopus. As I approached I realised that it was made entirely of bottle tops.

 

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Tea-Pot, Grand Nephew and Window Box

A delicious herbal tea was served to Daughter No 2 in this delightful half pot with the cup below.

We met up in Truro with our nephew and family on holiday here from Munich. T became bored with the conversation and went to gaze out of the window. He loves his Harry Kane shirt!

The window boxes outside the King William pub in Truro were quite magnificent.

 

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Flat Lode, Petrichor and Pinks

We did our circuit around a small part of The Flat Lode Trail this evening – it’s not flat! It is called that because the tin/copper ore under the ground here is relatively level but it doesn’t make for a flat walk!  Shafts of sunlight were coming through the trees.

Path up to The Flat Lode Trail

We have had many hot and dry days, happily not as hot as in London, and suddenly this evening there was a short, sharp shower and the air was filled with that magical smell of petrichor.  I have to leave you to imagine that as I couldn’t photograph the beautiful scent.

We were struck this evening by almost all the wild flowers being shades of pink/purple. Enjoy the gallery and if you can id those I haven’t managed, feel free to comment and help me out.

For those who love words as I do – and petrichor is one of my favourites, it is “the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra(πέτρα), meaning “stone”, and īchōr (ἰχώρ), the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.”

 

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Another Lunch, Bouquet and Bias

I met the lovely Mr S for lunch again today. He is working on the boat on Freeman’s Wharf, getting her ready for launch later this month. We met at The Muddy Beach Cafe in Penryn and had a delightful lunch of an excellent Tomato and Roast Pepper Soup with Cheesy Toast and Onion Marmalade!

My lunch

There was a wedding in the cafe yesterday and the place was looking lovely, full of jugs of Spring blooms and bright yellow paper baubles hanging from the ceiling.

Leftover from yesterday’s wedding

The blackboard in the porch always amuses me and today I managed to get a photo.

Fish’n’chips

 

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Lambs, Quiche and Bouquet

We have lambs in the back field! It is so lovely to see them, just one pair of twins at the moment but we hope for more. Last year the pregnant ewes were taken away before the lambs were born and only brought back when the little ones had grown quite a lot.

Twin lambs

There was a knock at the door this afternoon and there was a Very Dear Friend with her arms full – of flowers and a Leek and Stilton Quiche, both of which smelt divine!

Fabulous flowers

We have had the most delicious Quiche for supper with salad and send our heartfelt thanks to our very lovely friend for her love, concern and cooking!

Leek and Stilton Quiche

 

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A Letter, A Treasure and Honesty

This morning I received a message with an attachment –  “Found this tonight at my mum’s house” and there was a letter I had written to a pupil in 1992.  I used to write to each pupil at the end of our half-term Anthology project rather than ‘grading’ the creative writing into which pupils had poured their ideas and their energy.  He tells me that he still has the Anthology too and is going to scan it for me.

Letter to Steven

Yesterday the lovely Mr S dropped his wallet in town and though we retraced our steps there was no sign of it. However, the woman in the charity shop said a ‘genuine looking’ couple had been in to ask if she had just had a customer who may have lost his wallet. They said they would take it to the Police Station, only there isn’t one in Redruth. The wallet had been a present many years ago and had inside a David Hockney painting, ‘Arrival of Spring.’  It was much loved and had cash and cards in it.

Arrival of Spring by David Hockney

Inside the wallet

This morning we re-traced our steps again, looking in windblown corners, up alleyways but to no avail. (All the cards were cancelled yesterday.) Then, just after lunch, we had a phone call from the couple who had found the wallet. They had tracked Mr S down through the telephone directory and we went off across town to pick it up and to say the biggest Thank you!  It revives one’s faith in the honesty and goodness of our fellow humans.

Daffodils in P’s delightful pot

 

 

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